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Wodcok, -kok, Widco(i)k, n. Also: woidcoke, woodcock, wydcok. [ME and e.m.E. wodecoke (1273), widecoke (1321), wode-koc (c1325), OE wudu-, wudecoc(c.] A woodcock. Also attrib. Also in place-names.1471 Acta Aud. 13/1 (see Fogage n.(b)). 1509 Reg. Privy S. I 274/1.
The wod of Wodcokkare
1610 Reg. Great S. 81/2.
Foggagiis de Wodcokhairi
1691 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds II 489.
David Hay, younger of Woodcockdale
(a) 1540 Misc. Hist. Soc. X 30.
Ane servand … brocht wodkokis to the kingis grace
1551–2 Acts II 484/1.
The wodcok iiij d. … the dosane of lauerokis … iiij d. … the snype and qualȝie … ij d.
1598 Stirling Ant. III 310.
(b) 1553 Edinb. B. Rec. II 184.
The best woidcoke viij d.
(c) c1649 Sc. Lore I 273.
(d) 1538 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. II 92.
A widcoik viij d.
1560 Edinb. B. Rec. III 84.
The pair of wydcokkis, xviij d.
attrib. 1540 Lynd. Sat. 3528.
Except God make me lichter nor ane fedder, Or send me doun gude widcok wingis to flie

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